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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes hit his first home run of spring training, but the Seattle Mariners rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to beat a split-squad of Athletics on Sunday.
Stefan Romero’s three-run homer off Evan Scribner gave Seattle a walk-off victory.
“I was just looking for something up to drive to get the sac fly,” said Romero, who has never played above Triple-A. “Luckily, it went out.”
“He’s been playing well for about, say 2 1/2 weeks,” he said. “Been swinging the bat.”
Josh Donaldson and Derek Norris homered for the A’s. Donaldson, who finished fourth last year in American League MVP voting, crushed a two-run shot off Mariners starter Randy Wolf in the fourth inning for his third homer of the spring.
Norris hit a solo shot off Wolf in the sixth and Cespedes added a solo homer off Yoervis Medina in the eighth that gave Oakland a 4-2 lead.
A’s manager Bob Melvin was pleased to see cleanup hitter Cespedes, who finished 2-for-3 with a walk, go deep.
“When you’re a power hitter, it’s always nice to get that first homer out of the way,” he said. “But his at-bats were better today. Couple of hits, a walk, a homer.”
GRAY FOR OPENING DAY
Before the game, Melvin announced that Sonny Gray would be the A’s opening day starter against Cleveland.
During his rookie season last year, Gray, a 24-year-old right-hander, started 10 games, posting a record of 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA and striking out 67 batters in 64 innings.
Gray will be followed in the rotation by Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, Dan Strailey and Tommy Milone.
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